Gennady Kofman


Producer, program director of Docudays UA, IDFF (Kiev, Ukraine). Member of the European Documentary Network (EDN). Expert of the State Film Agency of Ukraine, Lecturer the Department of Media Communications Kharkiv National University.

He has worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker.

In the 90s he founded the MaGiKa Film Company – one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine, based in Kharkiv and Kyiv, Ukraine (   

Since 2003 he was one of the founders Docudays UA, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kyiv (

Produced several shorts and animation films.  Directed more than 20 documentaries, and produced more than 35 documentaries, in particular, such films as (selected):

The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls, directed by Krzysztof Kopczynski, 86/52 min, 2015 Poland /Ukraine /Sweden;

  • Silver Hobby-Horse for the Best Documentary Film at the 55th Krakow Film Festival, 2015
  • FIPRESCI Jury Awards for the best documentary at the 6th Odessa IFF, 2015
  • Special Jury Mention for Feature Documentary Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival (Іndia)
  • Warsaw Phoenix - Antoni Marianowicz Award for the Best Polish Film IFF „Jewish Motifs” (Poland)
  • Winner in the feature length documentary competition Near Nazareth NNFestival (Israel)


Vagrich and the Black Square, directed by Andrei Zagdansky, 77 min, 2014, Ukraine / USA

  • Les Rencontres Cinematographiques, Serbere/Portbou (France/Spain) Honorary Mention (2016)
  • Official Selection 6th Odessa IFF, 2015
  • Special Screening - ARTDOCFEST, Moscow, 2014
  • Special Screening Docudays UA, IDFF 2015


The Living Fire, directed by Ostap Kostyuk, 78 min. 2014, Ukraine.

  • Special Jury Prize of the Hot Docs, Toronto 2015
  • Special Mention of the National Competition Jury 6th Odessa IFF, 2015
  • Awards for the Best Documentary in Kids & Docs at 18th Olympia IFF
  • Official Selection at the Karlovy Vary IFF, 2015 
  • The American Cinematographer Award for Best Cinematography at Salem Film Fest 2016


Rainbow Over the Karakum Desert, directed by Valery Balayan, 52 min, 2014 (Ukraine),


Beyond the Euro The young documentary almanac, 122 min., 2012, (10 x 14 min)

  • Nominated as the Best Short Documentary in Ukraine 2013